Young Adults from the Pacific Southwest Region visit historic places of worship throughout the Holy Land.

Young Adults from the Pacific Southwest Region visit historic places of worship throughout the Holy Land.

israel-palestine TRIP: MAY 28-JUNE 9, 2018

Ten young adults from the PSWR will be traveling to Israel-Palestine on May 29-June 9 to experience and learn about the civil/religious discord in the territories. As one would imagine, this trip will be inspiring as participants will be visiting holy sites, but it will also be very difficult as the political environment is often unwelcoming to many people.

Please pray for Jess Kim, Abi Hernandez, Lauren Byun, Ha-nul Yang, Yvette Hernandez, Brandan Robertson, Eula Pagdilao, Emmanuel Freeman, Saianna Smith, Heather Backstrom, and Young Lan Kim as they learn the stories of those living in the region. Although they are visiting sights that typically are safe to visitors, we ask for your prayers of safety, awareness, and spiritual renewal as they travel.

Follow their journey on our Regional blog:
Holy Land Day 1
Holy Land Day 2
Holy Land Day 3
Holy Land Day 4

Holy Land Day 6
Holy Land Day 7
Holy Land Day 8


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family fishing excursion

Back by popular demand, the Family Fishing Excursion is open to all ages (under 12 with chaperon). This is an all-day event and will be on a chartered fishing boat with PSWR friends and family only. Limited space (30 people). First come, first served. We are especially encouraging youth and young adults to bring friends.
When: Wednesday, June 20th  
6:00am to 6:00pm
Where: 22nd Street Landing Sportfishing located at 141 W 22nd St, San Pedro, CA
Why: To build friendships, to spend time in community enjoying creation, and to create positive memories.

Registration for this event is now closed. For information about this event, contact Rev. BJ Barlow at



The PSWR Youth and Young Adult Ministries are excited to host a denomination-wide project for young adults (18-33 yrs old) that offers a 10-day immersion learning experience for those interested in immigration advocacy and community organization. We will learn the stories and struggles of immigrants in the United States and all over the world.

This group will be traveling throughout Southern California to speak with life-long advocates and social workers and discover ways of making an impact in communities all over the world for the sake of sojourner, refugee, and immigrant. They will work with other young leaders to brainstorm ways to properly respond and empower immigrants in your own communities. This immersion experience includes visits to Los Angeles, San Diego, Tijuana (Mexico), conversations with immigrant families in Disciples of Christ congregations, resourcing with staff from Matthew25 immigration program, opportunities to debrief experiences with Rev. Lori Tapia, Tana Liu-Beers, Xose Escamilla, and much, much more.

From Graduation to Incorporation: Doing Youth Ministry Better Together!

By Rev. B.J Barlow

This year I celebrate 20 years of youth ministry leadership. I taught my first youth bible study group at Oak Forest Baptist Church in Chesterfield, VA when I was 18 years old. I can remember how special an experience it was at that age to share leadership among my peers and older adult mentors. Although I was no longer officially a part of the youth group (having just graduated high school), I appreciated the opportunity to transition out of what our church called “youth group” into full blown adulthood. Without the inclusive culture at OFBC, I may not have ended up in ministry today. Read more